Delivering world leading cancer care and research

Since 2007, the Government has committed $3.7 billion to building a world-class system of cancer care. Further funds in this Budget will improve the prevention, detection, treatment and research of cancer, and provide higher levels of patient care and support.

Improving cancer care

In this Budget, the Government is investing a further $226 million to deliver world leading cancer care for Australians.

The Budget provides $18.5 million over four years to fund the new Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre, as well as support the two existing Research Centres.

The Budget delivers $42.1 million over four years in funding for bone marrow transplants and for the Youth Cancer Network program run by CanTeen, providing access to life-saving medical procedures and necessary support services for people living with cancer.

The Government will also invest $5.9 million over four years to improve the treatment and outcomes for people affected by lung cancer.

Recognising that smoking is a major cause of cancer, the Government has taken ground-breaking steps to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products. This Budget includes funding for the enforcement of plain packaging.

Early detection

The Government has also committed $92.2 million over four years to expand the target age range for the BreastScreen Australia Program and to continue funding the processing of Pap smears for early detection of cervical cancer.

Bowel cancer screening will also be funded with an additional $16.1 million over four years, which builds on previous investments in this area.

An additional $29.6 million in 2012‑13 and 2013‑14 will be provided to support the dispensing of chemotherapy medicines to ensure the supply of these drugs to patients.

Improvements in cancer care will also flow from additional funding for national cancer data collection which started in 2009‑10. These initiatives build on the $1.1 billion invested by the National Health and Medical Research Council in cancer research since 2007.

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Incidence of the five most commonly diagnosed cancers, 2009